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9:40 am

The Others And The Cursed

18/11/2012, Current Affairs

Bryanboy at the Nylon Guys and ASOS event
At the Nylon Guys x ASOS event at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn the other day. Coat by Adrienne Landau, shirt by Theory, sweater by Calypso St. Barth, jeans by Sandro, shoes by Pedro Garcia.

While waiting for the 6 Train last night, I sat beside this lone guy in his very early 20s carrying a number of paper bags. Someone took advantage of the beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon to shop. He went to Hollister, Who.A.U (yes, I googled. Click HERE) and Victoria’s Secret, amongst other places. I couldn’t resist noticing him because of the distinct, pink Victoria’s Secret bag. Was he a sister? A secret Shim? Or a straight guy looking to get laid? I guess I’ll never know.

Gaydar calibration aside, that’s not the point.

The point is, millions of people around the world spend their Saturday afternoons shopping. Most of these people are buying things, random things, to improve their lives… you know, to make themselves happy, to make themselves feel good, to make themselves look good. To most of these people, shopping is an activity that gives them pleasure. Or the people around them, if they’re buying gifts.

I find it fascinating though how the majority of people around the world have simple, fuzz-free taste.

Fascinating as in I kinda feel jealous.

During the train ride home, I asked myself, why am I not one of those people?

Why can’t I just walk in to any random shop and buy things that I like? Instead, I always engage in a mental conversation with myself to rationalize my purchases. In spite of the occasional impulse buys, most of my purchases are now calculated with extreme precision worse than a penny-pinching bag lady carrying a calculator at the supermarket. Buying things just because you like it is no longer enough. Do I really need this? Is it worth the price I’m paying for? Can I get it cheaper online? Was this item made by an army of bionic toddlers in Pakistan? Is this item overexposed? Has anyone blogged about it? How many blog posts can I get from it? Is it an advertiser? Is there a press discount? Will the sample be sent? If yes, how long? Do other trannies have it? What is the lifespan of this item? Is it ok to wear it over and over and over again for the next two months? Can I still wear it three months from now? What is the cost-per-wear ratio?

There is something VERY pure about people who buy simple, modest, humble things at simple, modest, humble shops — they don’t give a flying fiver! And that, my friends, is the best thing in the world.

Am I cursed?

Perhaps someone dropped me on my head when I was a child?

Is ‘this’ (the curse) the result of being exposed to years and years and years and years of poring over fashion magazines, traveling, being aware of what my options are and knowing there are better things out there?

During a weekend afternoon in Stockholm last month, Rumi, my boyfriend and I went shopping. I saw this cute sweater on a rack somewhere. My two beloved individuals gave me funny looks when I picked it up. “After experiencing cashmere, I don’t think you should settle for acrylic,” Rumi quipped. And she was right.

It’s frustrating because the older I get, the more I want things that nobody else has, the more I want to be the first to be wearing, the more I want things that are obscene, the more I want things that are obscenely expensive (even if I couldn’t afford it), the more I want things that people have already worn ages ago so they don’t want them anymore and are now affordable, the more I don’t want to look like anyone else. I find it cool when people ask you where an item is from as opposed to wearing something of the moment, something oh so identifiable “oh hay gurl I love your *insert label here* this and that”.

Do I want the new, ultra chic black Patient Zero Saint Laurent Paris bag? O HALE YES. But it’s three fucking thousand dollars and it wouldn’t take very long for every bitch and tranny to carry them in no time (see Celine bags, see bloggers 2.0, bloggers 3.0, see bloggers 4.0, see Kim Kardashian. in that pecking order). And for three fucking thousand dollars I don’t want to be one of the flock. Woe is me.

Do I want small, strappy two-tone dyed pony skin 3.1 Phillip Lim bag? Yes, I want the small, strappy, two-tone dyed pony skin 3.1 Phillip Lim bag. Did I buy the small, strappy two-tone dyed pony skin 3.1 Phillip Lim bag? Yes, I bought the small, strapy two-tone dyed pony skin 3.1 Phillip Lim bag at the sample sale. Hello? It’s a no-brainer!

Eeew. I’m gonna stop rambling. Clearly I’m self-obsessed. In my attempt to demystify others, I ended up demystifying myself.

Go fuck yourselves and enjoy the weekend. It’s nice and sunny out there and I still need a god damn dining table.

Happy shopping!

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3:32 am

Barneys and Disney Presents… Electric Holiday

15/11/2012, Current Affairs, Fashion and Style

Experience the magic of Disney, Barneys and… the fashion world!

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8:18 am

Hier bin ich, Frankfurt!!!

11/11/2012, Current Affairs, Events, Frankfurt, Music, Replay

Guten tag! I, along with Isabelli Fontana, my gurl Eleonora Carisi and the lovely folks from Replay are here in Frankfurt for this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards. Thought I’d check in with you my dearest readers… see you at the show tonight!

Bryanboy at Festhalle Frankfurt for 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards
2012 MTV Europe Music Awards tickets and passes

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5:05 pm

Kisses From Me and Alessandra Ambrosio

09/11/2012, Current Affairs, Victoria's Secret

Say hello to the newest Victoria’s Secret angel – me! Big kisses from me and Alessandra Ambrosio!

Alessandra Ambrosio and Bryanboy at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2012
Alessandra Ambrosio and Bryanboy backstage at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2012
Bryanboy and Alessandra Ambrosio at Victoria's Secret Fashion show
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2012 Finale

Thanks Tommy Ton for the photos. Tune in to CBS on December 4, 2012 to watch this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

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3:54 am

Paris. Pas Pour Toi

05/11/2012, Balmain, Chloe, Costume National, Current Affairs, Fashion and Style, Isabel Marant, John Galliano, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Margiela, Paris, Spring Summer 2013, Vionnet

Thought I’d share a few memories from Paris during the recent spring/summer 2013 womenswear collections – all minked up at nine o’clock AM before the Vuitton show, a futuristic stroll, front-row at Chloe, pink flower sighting just minutes before a friend got mugged by gypsy kids, Tour Eiffel after Costume National, one of my favourite looks from the John Galliano show, coat and micro shorts contrasting combo, the ubiquitous front-row photo bombing by mobile devices at Loewe, plastic-covered walls at Maison Martin Margiela, chic clutches at Sonia Rykiel, Hawaiian tropic at Isabel Marant, pure craftsmanship insanity wicker-chair chic at Balmain and more… Will do another batch shortly.

Bryanboy wearing a white Adrienne Landau mink fur bolero
Bryanboy's Alexander McQueen visors are shining bright

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1:49 am

Greetings From Tel-Aviv!

04/11/2012, Current Affairs, Israel, Tel-Aviv

Hello my dearest readers! I’m so happy to be in Tel-Aviv. I’ve been here for a week! I know it sounds cray cray but I almost didn’t make it here because of the Hurricane Sandy. It’s a good thing Delta didn’t cancel my flight (praise Moses, praise Jesus, praise Allah, praise Miuccia Prada) otherwise I’d be homeless in New York City. My apartment was smack right on Zone A and I’ve received word from my landlord that electricity went out for a week. Yaddi, yaddi, yadda. Expect a few Tel-Aviv & Israeli-related blog posts from me over the next few days. I’m excited to share to you some great memories I made in this fun city!

Bryanboy in Jaffa, Tel-Aviv Israel
Israeli Flag
Dizengoff Street Sign
Outside Goocha cafe Tel-Aviv
Dizengoff Street, Tel-Aviv
A cat looking through the door.
The great thing about fashion...
Club night poster
Fear the man, kill the snitch
Sunset on the beach, Tel-Aviv
Tel-Aviv sunset

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6:28 am

Jerusalem In Two Hours

03/11/2012, Current Affairs, Israel, Jerusalem

After spending a few days in Tel Aviv, I went on a quick day trip to Jerusalem. It was a whirlwind tour of the Old City and its religious quarters — Jewish, Muslim and Christian. I definitely want to come back very soon and hopefully, not in a tour group. Two hours is simply not enough to leisurely enjoy the very many sights.

Bryanboy walking with kids in Jerusalem

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6:23 am

Hello Hong Kong!

28/10/2012, Current Affairs, Hong Kong

I’m serious when I say my life is crazy. In a good way. But still, it’s crazy nonetheless. I went to Hong Kong this week for a fun project with Paul Smith. They invited me to style his capsule collection of scarves and pocket squares called ‘Daydreaming With My Camera’ and you’ll see the images on various magazines and press in Hong Kong on November.

Bryanboy in Hong Kong for a project with Paul Smith
Hong Kong skyline at night; view from Tsim Sha Tsui

I *love* Hong Kong! It’s one of my favourite cities in the world. Terrific service wherever you go, the food is soo good and the shopping is great. After spending almost 3 days flying from (and to) New York City, it’s kinda sad that I could only stay for two days because I have another trip coming up.

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2:52 pm

Leather Bottoms Fetish

24/10/2012, Acne, Current Affairs, Stockholm

I can’t put my finger on it but clearly I’m on something. I’ve been buying leather garments like mad over the past few months — leather shorts from Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, Weekday, Barbara Bui, leather jackets, leather pants from pretty much everywhere and now this — cropped leather trousers from Acne. All I need is a leather harness. Who knew there’s a Peter Marino in me?

Bryanboy wearing leather Acne pants in Stockholm
Bryanboy wearing Acne leather pants in Stockholm

Shirt and cardigan by Marni, coat by COS, leather trousers by Acne, shoes by Prada. Photos via Cimon Lundberg.

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5:32 am

Shine Bright Like A Louis Vuitton Diamond!

17/10/2012, Current Affairs, Fall Winter 2012, Louis Vuitton, Utah

Some of you on Facebook have seen a shot or two from this series that I took during our road trip across Utah and Nevada a few months ago. I know I haven’t blogged this series so allow me to share to you, my dearest blog readers, one of my fave photo sets ever.

Bryanboy wearing Louis Vuitton fall winter 2012 menswear

So shine bright tonight, you and I. We’re beautiful, like diamonds in the sky. Eye to eye, so alive. We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky. Shine bright like a diamond, shine bright like a diamond, we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky.

Oversized scarf/blanket by Louis Vuitton, robe/coat by Louis Vuitton, feather brooch by Louis Vuitton

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